Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes is a name everyone knows when they hear it.  He’s been around for more than a century and is easily a household name, even before the recent movies.  Now, for comparison purposes, I must tell you that I don’t remember the first movie very well at all.  I saw it once two or three years ago.  I remember liking it, but it wasn’t my favorite movie.  I’m not a huge fan of action movies, but I am a fan of intellectuals, which Sherlock definitely is.  Anyway, a friend of mine suggested going to see this before Christmas break ended, and I agreed.

The world is on the brink of war.  France and Germany are at each others’ throats, ready to start any day now.  Holmes gets involved and believes recent bombings/killings of highly ranked officials is the work of Professor Moriarty, a genius just like Holmes.  Evenly matched, the two begin facing off in a deadly battle of wits.  Unfortunately for Watson, Moriarty has seemed to take a special interest in him and Holmes is the only one who can spot the danger ahead of time.

I really like Watson.  He’s a much more sympathetic character than Holmes ever is.  Watson’s a normal dude with an abnormal friend.  It’s a total bromance, but it’s great fun.  They’re such a good team together.

I did have a few problems with the cinematography.  For example, when Holmes started spotting things around the room, you’d get quick flashes of what he was seeing for just a second and sometimes what he saw was really important.  Unfortunately, if you happened to be looking in the wrong spot for half a second, you missed the clue.  That bothered me.  Also, the way Holmes slo-mo’s every upcoming fight to break it down really slowed down gorgeous action sequences.  A few were really cool and well done, but it wasn’t that necessary in the hand-to-hand fights.  It’s more impressive when he’s figuring out how to dodge bullets before they’re shot.

The villain of this one, Professor Moriarty, was a complete baddie.  I loved that he was equally matched against Holmes.  It made it way more enjoyable than watching Holmes just mentally stomp all over his competition.

In all, it’s good fun.  It can get a little long at times, but it’s a pretty good movie overall.  And I have a crush on Watson.

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